Film

Film - Inez Milholland

Film - Inez Milholland

This year the U.S. is on the verge of electing its first woman president and making the dream of Inez and thousands and thousands of other suffragists worth their suffering and their sacrifices. Read More »

Music

Dietrich Strause

Dietrich Strause

Strause’s thoughtful musings on our country’s troubled times may have been better appreciated 50 years ago—or even 20—but he’s hoping there’s still an audience for quietly devastating music like his. We hope so, too. Read More »

Film Review: Fatima

Film — Fatima

Film — Fatima

Fatima is a glimpse into the challenges of all of their lives, nut particularly the mother’s. She faces discrimination for wearing a headscarf, is studying French but hasn’t mastered it, works exhausting hours at menial jobs, and as if all this weren’t enough, suffers a physical injury. Read More »

Film: Seeds

Film — Seed

Film — Seed

"Seed" painstakingly but entertainingly takes us through the history of seeds, showing us their beauty in myriad shapes and colors. You owe it to yourself to see this film so that, if nothing else, you can appreciate their gorgeous diversity, as well as how threatened they truly are. Read More »

CD Review

Missy Galore

Missy Galore

Fittingly, Galore has performed at the Burning Man festival—a listen to Shamanatrix is like a 15-minute vacation to the Black Rock Desert, far from conventions, violence and political warfare. Read More »

Music

Kaia Kater New Release

Kaia Kater New Release

Some of Kater’s lyrics were inspired by the works of author Toni Morrison, and like "Beloved" or "Song of Solomon," "Nine Pin" transports its audience to a very specific time and place. Turn it on and you can practically see the bluegrass and Appalachian hills. Read More »

Film

Dying to Know

Dying to Know

Beautifully edited, Dying to Know weaves together archival footage and stills of the two icons together and individually, with more recent footage of Ram Dass and reflections by friends and admirers celebrated in their own right, What emerges is a stunning portrait of two brilliant men. Read More »

Health

Holistic Alternatives to Opioids

Holistic Alternatives to Opioids

Used alone or in conjunction with lower-dose opiates, natural pain relief options improve quality of life and have few or no side effects. Most importantly, they’re non-addictive. Read More »

Parenting

Are You a Boy, or Are You a Girl?

Are You a Boy, or Are You a Girl?

Men assumed higher-pitched cries in boys meant the baby was in more discomfort. This is likely due to an ingrained stereotype that boy babies “should” have low-pitched cries. Read More »

Heartfulness Meditation

Heartfulness Meditation

Heartfulness Meditation

Taking a few minutes to relax and center yourself can help keep you focused for the rest of the day. Read More »

Health

Huge Frozen Food Recall Due to Listeria

Huge Frozen Food Recall Due to Listeria

It is an invasive infection, meaning it can spread beyond your gastrointestinal system, possibly causing septicemia and meningitis. In other words, it should be taken seriously. Read More »

Yoga

Make Your Yoga Sustainable

Make Your Yoga Sustainable

Joint pain, dizziness and cramps are common complaints, especially among beginning yogis who don’t know what level of discomfort, if any, might be appropriate. At the same time, it can be confusing when a teacher says, “Find your edge,” or “Breathe into discomfort.” Read More »

Music

Album Review: Barrule

Album Review: Barrule

While many of the songs’ meanings are difficult to decipher, the group does touch upon modern, universal themes. On “High Net Worth Individuals,” Barrule lampoons greedy, power-hungry businessmen—something American voters are dealing with this election cycle. Read More »

Music

Album Review: Sukha

Album Review: Sukha

Rise never flags in its efforts to get the listener up and moving, appreciative and ready for the day or night ahead. Read More »

Healing

Sound Is Powerful Medicine

Sound Is Powerful Medicine

These days, skilled practitioners are using sound for everything from stress and pain relief to remedying sleep disorders and assisting the dying. Read More »

Health

The Watermelon Sex Cure

The Watermelon Sex Cure

This succulent red produce contains lycopene, beta carotene and the new darling of the bedroom, citrulline. Read More »

Book Review

Atlantos

Atlantos

[Maxwell has] taken all her favorite “mysteries of the universe”—civilizations lost to the Great Flood; unexplained missing links in human evolution; evidence of ancient extraterrestrial visitation on Earth and Mars—and set them against the havoc technology is currently wreaking on the natural world, weaving the whole into a sprawling, character-driven epic family saga. Read More »

Entertainment

Consumed

Consumed

Although I’m all-too-familiar with the stories of farmers and other unsuspecting individuals and families whose lives have been disrupted or destroyed by Monsanto, this political thriller about a working-class single mom and her son’s unexplained illness deftly kept me on the edge of my seat. Read More »

Eat Here Now

118 Degrees, Tarzana

118 Degrees, Tarzana

By now we’ve all had kale salad in a zillion permutations that all taste like, well, kale. The marinated kale salad here, with walnuts and zingy bits of kalamata olives, is better. Whatever one you’re comparing it to? Yes, better. Read More »

In & About Town

April/May 2016 Calendar of Events

April/May 2016 Calendar of Events

Special events in Southern California Read More »

Spirituality

Yogananda Explains Resurrection

Yogananda Explains Resurrection

"You cannot remain at a standstill. You must either go forward or backward. That is a great and inspiring truth, that in life you cannot remain stationary.” Read More »

Relationships

Soulfully Single and Open for Love

Soulfully Single and Open for Love

For me, settling meant having just part of what I wanted, and I knew I wanted way more than that. Read More »

Media

Nature Is Speaking

Nature Is Speaking

Speaking through top Hollywood talent and visually gorgeous cinematography, the individual videos convey the message that nature, in all her magnificence, doesn’t really give a damn whether the human race survives, and in fact might prefer it didn't. Read More »

Culture

The Last Avatar

The Last Avatar

In a forgiving and often humorous way, he slashes to the bone the underlying traps people fall prey to, in denying their own fundamental divinity—the real message here. It’s a repair manual for the soul. Read More »

Health

Brain Size in Men and Women

Brain Size in Men and Women

“There is no sense talking about male nature and female nature. No one person has all the male characteristics and another person all the female characteristics.” Read More »

Eat Here Now

little pine by Moby

little pine by Moby

The ambience here is more pine forest than palm grove— all that’s missing on a chilly evening is a roaring fire—but little pine’s Mediterranean-inspired all-organic vegan fare would be most welcome in either place. Read More »

Culture

Book Review: Sidewalk Oracles

Book Review: Sidewalk Oracles

"Sidewalk Oracles" has brightened my interest in daily neighborhood walks, shown me how to create an entertaining and useful homemade oracle, and restored my understanding of continuity in the universe. Perhaps most important in the long run, it’s also reinvigorated my neglected habit of scribing dreams. Read More »

Healing

Aromatherapy after Surgery

Aromatherapy after Surgery

Researchers found that aromatherapy (sniffing certain scents) may be a better solution to treat post-operative nausea. Read More »

Music

CD Review: Lulacruza—Orcas Remixed

CD Review: Lulacruza—Orcas Remixed

Ancient mysteries meet modern musical influences in this exciting new remix. Read More »

Health

The Vaccine Controversy

SB277, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on June 30, 2015, mandates that all school-aged children receive 30–31 vaccinations by the time they are age 6, and a total of 37-38 by the time they are age 18. If not, they will not be permitted to attend public or private school. Read More »

Media

Book Review: A Course of Love

Book Review: A Course of Love

A Course of Love speaks directly, personally and powerfully, gently guiding the reader to “wholeheartedness,” an integration of mind and heart to “end the tyranny of the ego-driven mind.” Read More »

Music

Kenji Williams

Kenji Williams

NASA’s photographs motivated the award-winning director and composer to musically explore how humans and nature, art and science are all connected. Read More »

Yoga

Yoga Teacher to Yoga Scholar

Yoga Teacher to Yoga Scholar

“I love how commercially popular yoga has become and I will never say anything bad about yoga's expansion. However, I felt that I was only teaching an asana practice—not a yoga practice. I knew there was so much more to it.” Read More »

Film

The True Cost

The True Cost

Cheap fashion rides on the back of workers—predominantly woman and often children—in countries such as Bangladesh and India who earn less than $3 a day and live with toxic byproducts of manufacturing. Read More »

Book Review

Revelations of the Ruby Crystal

Revelations of the Ruby Crystal

As profound religious experiences proliferate, we learn to recognize evidence of the new consciousness in friends and ourselves, and forgive the author for occasionally indulging in excessive details of wardrobes and accessories of the most beautiful people anyone has ever seen. Read More »

Food

Mood Foods

Mood Foods

Mental health professionals know that expecting patients to recover by simply popping a pill, such as Paxil, is unrealistic and simplistic. The brain needs a number of key nutrients to operate properly. Read More »

Film

Stink!

Stink!

The chemicals in fragrance are known to cause infertility, birth defects, diabetes, learning disabilities and cancer, and can mutate DNA. Yet because of the fragrance loophole, the manufacturers can completely hide these ingredients. Read More »

Health

Burying the hatchet builds body strength

Burying the hatchet builds body strength

Holding a grudge also increases mental rumination (repetitive thoughts), which lowers cognitive resources, such as glucose, that could be put to better use, such as coping with a physical challenge. Read More »

Book Review

The Spiritual Mysteries of Blood

The Spiritual Mysteries of Blood

What follows is a fascinating survey detailing the primacy of blood over tissues and structures of the body, blood’s true purpose, physical and psychic factors influencing blood, blood’s influence on the spirit through perception, hormones and Hippocrates’ four temperaments, and the spirit’s influence on the blood affecting such things as longevity, sleep and death. Read More »

Health

Stem Cell “Soup” Nixes Joint Surgery

Stem Cell “Soup” Nixes Joint Surgery

A specialized stem cell replacement called the “Soup” combines human cells harvested from a patient’s own fat to repair inflammatory and degenerative injuries that might otherwise require invasive surgery. Read More »